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Courses

In partnership with the COMET Program, Earth Gauge provides a series of free, online courses and training materials that address the connections between weather and environment. These courses count for continuing education credit through the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) program, and are useful primers for anyone interested in learning more about the links between weather, climate and environment.

Visit COMET’s MetEd Broadcast Meteorologist page for additional training modules and resources.

Climate Change & Extreme Weather (15-20 minutes)This short module discusses how a changing climate can also lead to changes in extreme weather events on the local scale. The role of natural variability is also explained. The module describes how climate change can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the situation, location, and the vulnerability of the population.
Climate Change & Regional Impacts (15-20 minutes)This short module is an overview of the different effects climate change produces in different regions of the United States. In addition to discussing impacts already being experienced, the module presents information on how climate scientists use specialized models and statistical techniques to estimate how regional climates are likely to change in the future.
Climate Change & Sea Level Rise (15-20 minutes)This short module looks at how increasing temperatures due to climate change have affected sea level rise and what effects scientist expect in the future, given rising greenhouse gas emissions. The various mechanisms of sea level rise are discussed, as well as the tools and research used to study this topic. The module also discusses how countries and communities are preparing for future increases in sea levels.
Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together(2 hours)This two-hour course provides a basic overview of climate change science and answers to questions about climate change commonly asked by television viewers, including: What changes climate? Is climate change real? How do we know? Why should we care? How sure are scientists? and What next?
Weather and Health(2 hours)This two-hour course provides an understanding of the impacts of weather and climate on public health. It also introduces learners to the public health communication system, informing them about reliable public health support services, tools, and resources available. Broadcast meteorologists will gain ideas for partnering with their local public health agencies to incorporate health messages into their weathercast.
Weather and the Built Environment (2 hours)This one-hour course provides broadcast meteorologists, educators, and the public with an overview of the evolution of our modern urban environment, with a focus on impacts on the watershed, air quality, climate, and local and severe weather events. Each unit in the course includes information on ways to reduce our impact on our water and air with ideas ranging from simple changes in our commuting and housekeeping habits to changes in how we build houses and roads.
Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment (2 hours)This two-hour course provides an understanding of a watershed as the local environment in which people’s actions and decisions play against the background of daily and seasonal weather to affect the quality and health of the local watershed in which they live, as well as the larger system of watersheds of which their watershed is one part.
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